Dec 18, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (81) against the New Orleans Saints at the Metrodome. The Saints defeated the Vikings 42-20. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Cuts Could Turn Up TE


The Miami Dolphins have until Tuesday at 4:00 Eastern  to trim their roster to the mandated 75.  They released a few on Friday prior to the game Saturday night.  Around the NFL today, a slew of teams have begun paring down their rosters in an effort to get to that magic number.  Four days after that and the teams must trim from 75 to the final 53.

Those cuts could and should turn over a few tight ends.

Today’s early releases are littered with names like Leonard Pope and Visanthe Shiancoe on the high end and names you have never heard of on the bottom end.  While Pope and Shiancoe are not likely answers for the Dolphins, they represent possibility and when your a team no longer in need of a playmaker but simply a player who can play, names sometime will count.

Both players are on the opposite side of thirty and neither are expected to gain much attention from other teams after the releases.  Not yet at least.  Teams like the Dolphins will likely wait and see what shakes off the trees come Tuesday and then again see if anyone calls in the next four days afterwards.  Teams will try and move a player they feel has some value before letting them go and any team holding a value at TE would be wise to give Jeff Ireland a call.  While it may seem as though nothing is happening right now, that can sometimes be a good thing as well.

For the Dolphins it’s a wait and see approach and one they have no control over.  The best they can do is hope that one of their own players can step up and fill a vacated spot on the team while the best scenario would be for a large acorn to suddenly come loose a year early and fall off the tree.

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  • Johnny

    Pick up the phone and trade for Philly TE Brent Celek!!! They will be fine with Ertz & co… Celek is no longer the #1 TE… He could easily be a Dolphins #1 TE!! Pick up the phone Jeff!!!

    • Johnny

      And.. Don’t be cheap now!!!

    • tpl

      I doubt you’ll see Miami trade for a TE. Ireland doesn’t give up draft picks.

  • tpl

    It will be interesting to see who Miami cuts. Will they keep 3 QBs? Miami needs to cut 9 players to reach the 75 mandated, maybe one or two more if they intend to sign a TE or an offensive lineman cut by another team. Yeatman and Adams may be cut due to this.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Actually, tpl, I’m thinking Miami will be in the market for a WR – big bodied, red-zone guy whom they believe could potentially be brought along slowly to contribute this season – a TE – a seam-threat kind of guy whom can contribute immediately unless Rodriguez does well in that role – and some back-up offensive linemen because, well, let’s face it, we have absolutely no depth besides center.

    • EP

      Can’t see Devlin making the cut with Moore in the fold…#3′s are easy to replace

  • EP

    I’d kick the tires on Pope. I still believe he has potential (also, he’s huge!) but more importantly I’m curious to see who gets cut. Will be interesting to see who makes the 53 man roster.

  • Jcartwright67

    Well, we’ve picked two TE’s in the past two drafts…using a 3rd and 4th (I think?). Folks, its time to put them to work and see what we’ve got. There will be a learning curve for sure but I think it would behoove us to get Sims and Egnew involved early and often. I personally don’t think Clay is our guy. He just doesn’t have IT. Trading future picks for a second tier TE is not the answer.